07 August 2014
Melbourne First XI: Tourist Highlights
Melbourne is Australia’s most stylish, creative and contemporary city filled with a range of not to be missed experiences and hidden gems to discover.
Credit: Robert Blackburn
Melbourne will host five matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including the blockbuster Australia-England clash, a Quarter Final and the Final on 29 March 2015. Click here for a full fixture list of matches in Melbourne.
The heart of Melbourne
"Fed Square" is the heart of Melbourne and accordingly it never stops beating. Opened in 2002, this public space boasts galleries, cafes, restaurants, the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre, and a constant stream of events and sporting action. Make Federation Square your base for guaranteed summer entertainment. Visit website.
Get to the ‘G’
Get more than an exhilarating last over on your pilgrimage to the revered Melbourne Cricket Ground. With a capacity exceeding 100,000, the atmosphere at the 'G’ is legendary in world sport. Join a tour of the inner sanctum or get caught up in the absorbing artefacts at the on-site National Sports Museum. Visit website.
More than a market
Fill your basket with more than you bargained for at Melbourne's celebrated Queen Victoria Market. Right in the heart of the city, the Vic Market will overload your senses with fresh produce, gourmet deli delights, souvenirs and coffee. Visit after dark in summer for street food, shopping and live music. Visit website.
View from the stars
Appreciate the scale of the MCG from on high as you teeter on The Edge, a switchable glass cube that slides out from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, Melbourne's record-breaking residential tower. The Southern Hemisphere's highest public viewing platform, Skydeck 88 offers stunning views of Melbourne and beyond. Visit website.
Discover a night-spot
Soak up Melbourne's summer and the international cricket atmosphere while enjoying refreshing beverages at Melbourne's hippest outdoor bars, many just a stone's throw from the action at the MCG. Have a drink perched over the Yarra River, tucked into laneways, amid heritage bluestone buildings, or high above the city at a rooftop bar. A visit to Madame Brussels on Bourke Street or Rooftop Bar at Curtin House on Swanston Street will give you the quintessential Melbourne bar experience. Visit website.
Walk the iconic laneways
Go where the locals go and take the plunge into Melbourne's hive of captivating laneways to discover a different city. The bustling, creative alleys are bursting with hidden boutiques and galleries, and acclaimed restaurants and stylish bars. Let your camera loose on the walls adorned with ever-photogenic street art. Laneways can be found at Centre Place, Degraves Street, Crossley Street, Curtin House and Nicholas Building. Visit website.
Sunset at the sand
Kick up your heels in St Kilda, Melbourne's beachside playground. Wander along the palm-lined foreshore and out onto the historic pier, get a thrill at Luna Park, and replenish your energy in the cafes, restaurants and bars on Fitzroy Street. See in sunset with some live music at the iconic Esplanade Hotel. Visit website.
Take a tram
Take a free ride on one of Melbourne's historic City Circle trams and enjoy the knowledgeable audio commentary as you complete a loop or two of the city centre. Melbourne's distinctive trams comprise the only surviving tram network in Australia, and are as enthusiastically ridden by locals and visitors alike.
Go on a shopping spree
Whether you're after high fashion, independent local designers, jewellery, furniture or fine art, you'll find a place to shop in Melbourne. The city's myriad of laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while shopping centres continue to raise the bar, exclusively attracting some of the world's biggest brands. Outside of the central city, you will find historic shopping strips on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, Acland Street in St Kilda, Bridge Road in Richmond, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and Chapel Street in South Yarra. Visit website.
You're sure to find the jewels in the crown when you visit the Southbank precinct and the Crown Entertainment Complex on the banks of the Yarra River. Wander along the river and choose from one of the bustling restaurants, or walk further downtown to Crown and be spoilt for choice by signature restaurants from top international chefs, designer boutiques, cinemas and an indoor amusement park.
A dazzling array of diverse cuisines and a love of gastronomy make Melbourne one of the world's best cities for eating. Prepare for a gruelling day of cricket action with a typically Melbourne feast. Choose from inexpensive options down side streets to five-star dining experiences cooked up by local and international culinary heavyweights. Visit website.
Events in Melbourne in March
Prepare to party in Melbourne in March, when temperatures cool, nights remain long and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 adds to the festive spirit of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Visit website.
For more information on what to do in Melbourne, visit: www.visitmelbourne.com
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